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About this Report

This annual report of the Department of the Senate documents the department’s performance for the financial year ending 30 June 2010.

The report is presented in six parts.


Commentary by the Clerk on performance and significant matters that affected the department, and a description of role, aims, structure and functions

Report on performance A summary of overall performance, and a description of each office’s contribution to the department’s outcome
Management and accountability A report on corporate governance and the management of resources
Financial statements The auditor’s report and audited financial statements
Appendices Details of:
  • resources and staffing
  • performance in relation to certain legislation
  • publications available from the department
  • ways to contact the department

Tools to assist the reader:

  • a glossary and abbreviations list
  • an index showing how the report complies with annual reporting requirements
  • an alphabetical index

The report is presented for tabling in the Senate pursuant to section 65 of the Parliamentary Service Act 1999. It is also produced to meet the information needs of interested people, including:

  • senators and their staff
  • staff of the Department of the Senate and other parliamentary departments
  • staff of other legislatures
  • staff of executive government departments and agencies
  • the media
  • other members of the Australian community.

The report is available on the department’s website:

This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968, no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the Commonwealth. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be addressed to the Commonwealth Copyright Administration, Attorney-General’s Department, National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600 or posted at

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Cover photographs:
Front (left to right): Senate in session, courtesy of AUSPIC; meeting of the Select Committee on Regional and Remote Indigenous Communities at Napranum, Queensland, courtesy of the committee
Back (left to right): students from Kurrajong Public School, New South Wales, involved in a parliamentary role-play, courtesy of the Parliamentary Education Office; departmental staff member preparing a Senate committee room, courtesy of the Parliamentary Education Office

Contact officer:
For further information about the content of this report, please contact the annual report coordinator:
Usher of the Black Rod
Department of the Senate
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Telephone: (02) 6277 3398
Fax: (02) 6277 3199